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Regarding Matt Barnes' arrest Monday night, his agent, Aaron Goodwin, issued this statement to SI.com claiming there was a personal component to the arrest by Manhattan Beach police officer Steve Tobias. Tobias reportedly arrested the former Lakers forward and free agent because he had a warrant out for driving on a suspended license and also asserts that Barnes threatened him. Barnes has made a few public comments of his own on his Twitter page (@Matt_Barnes22) Barnes was out on bail shortly after the arrest was made. Here's the AP report on the arrest - http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/basketball/nba/07/31/lakers-matt-barnes.ap/index.html?sct=nba_t2_a8
Goodwin: "During the playoffs, (Barnes) got pulled over by this guy (in mid-May). And when he got pulled over, (Barnes) had a failure to appear (in court citation relating to, Barnes said on his Twitter page, a traffic violation). The guy told him to park the car and walk home. So he and the guy had words, as (Barnes) said, ‘Hey that’s unnecessary. I could have my fiance drive.’ And (Tobias) said, ‘No, you were driving, so walk home.’ He already had an attitude with him. So last night, (Tobias) saw them drive by on their way to this restaurant and called to check and see if he still had a warrant. When he realized that he did, he parked and waited two hours for him to come out.
"Now first of all, there’s got to be something wrong with a police officer who should be out patrolling parking and waiting for this guy to come out. When he came out, he walked up to him and told him ‘You’re under arrest for a failure to appear.’ Matt obviously had words with (Tobias), and that’s where the whole other part came in. But the fact that the officer parked and waited two hours for him to come out, and (Barnes) is not driving - he’s walking - shows you that it’s personal.
"This is a situation where the police officer had it in for Matt, found something he could get on him, and waited until he had an opportunity to get at him. The circumstances around it were unfair. It’s more personal than anything else."
A message left with the Manhattan Beach Police Department's media contact not immediately returned. As for where Barnes might play next season, he's still letting the market play out and it's not clear at this time where he'll be signing.